Would you like to have a home that you can control remotely? You can do it. By using WiFi, Bluetooth or a similar smart home technology, you can control many of your utilities, appliances, entertainment systems, lighting and more. All this can be done from inside your home or even remotely from your mobile device.
Your home doesn’t need to be fully automated with smart features. By researching, you can choose and use the technology that better suits you and the way in which you live. Where to start? Our designers can help you figure out what would work best for your lifestyle. After that, you should probably have a “hub” installed in your home to control all of your smart devices. After that, you have a lot of options from which to choose, including the following:
- Heating and Cooling: With the latest energy-efficient HVAC system and your smart technology, you can monitor and control the temperature, humidity, and airflow in your home. That translates into energy-savings for you. There are a number of items you can install that will make your heating and cooling system work with the smart technology. The most popular smart device for the system is the thermostat. You can adjust the temperature from anywhere, even when you’re on vacation. These thermostats also learn your schedule and preferences, and will automatically drop and raise the temperature for you. Vents are another area in which your smart system can control the temperature in different parts of your home.
- Ceiling Fans: Considered part of the heating/cooling system in your home, technology has come a long way with ceiling fans. They can turn on when you come into the room and off when you leave. They are capable of adjusting to maintain the right temperature in a room.
- Humidifiers for the Entire Home: If you or someone in your family is sensitive to dry air, you can find several smart humidifier systems on the market. Some can even attach directly to your water system so it never has to be refilled.
- Smart Kitchens: When it comes to smart technology, refrigerators are all the rage. Touchscreens built into doors, sending photos to your smartphone of the inside of your fridge, alerting you to power outages, when to change the water filter are several of the features you can find. Would you believe there are even smart dishwashers? Other technology often incorporated into kitchens are communication hubs. You can listen to music, take phone calls and it allows you to send messages to family members.
- Door Locks and Other Safety Features: Extremely popular is the Smart Lock that allows you to use a phone app to lock and unlock your door, create virtual keys for guests and monitor who is entering and exiting your home. This technology can also be applied to your garage door. Smart camera systems can be used for security and can include features like motion sensors, facial recognition, video monitoring and notification. You may have also seen some footage on social media that was generated from smart doorbells. Ring and Nest are two of the more commonly-used smart doorbell systems that come with different monitoring packages.
- Lighting Systems: You can control the lighting in any room of your home from anywhere that you have an internet connection. Smart lighting systems can help you get a better night of sleep by gradually dimming brightness. They can increase security by making it look as though you are home, when in fact you are not. They can also help you save on your utility bills.
- Other Types of Smart Features: Wouldn’t it be great to be able to detect a water leak in your home before it becomes a major repair and mold remediation? You can with a smart system that senses water leaks. You can also install a smoke detector system that uses WiFi technology to let you know when batteries are low or the alarm is activated.
If you would like to incorporate any of these smart features into your home, the professionals at Prominent Builders and Design can assist. We will walk you through the selection process as we go through the planning phase of your new construction project.